Winter outings with kids

This winter is the warmest winter we’ve had in the 10 years we’ve been married! 10 years! The kids’ and my favorite thing to do in the summer is the splash pad but our favorite cold weather activity is the library.  When we lived in Utah, Brent and I went to the toddler story/sing time every week. Our library in Texas had tons of puzzles and puppets (in addition to books obviously) that the kids loved. Our new library here in CA only has computers as an extra ‘activity’ to books which I don’t love since we try and limit the screen time the kids get. However, it’s still fun to read new books!

library winter activities with kids

library winter activities with kids

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Linking up for Mommy Style Monday for other Winter activity ideas check out:

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins

Britt at My Little Sunshine

Rachel at Tutus and Heels

Noelia at You Can Call Me Noe

Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars

Michelle at The Mumsy Blog

Kahana at A Beautiful Life

Monica at It’s All About

ankle boots // moto leggings // cardigan and long sleeved tunic from Target

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Water Days

One of the many things I love about Austin is there are SO many parks, lakes, covered playgrounds, community pools and splash pads. We’ve gone to a splash or pool at least once or twice a week this summer.

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Two of my suits and all of my cover ups are from Old Navy, as are Brent’s swim shorts and their flip flops (which $2 price you can’t beat!) I recently got this blue ruffle one from DownEast.FullSizeRender (7)

downeast blue ruffle modest swim suit

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Our water day essentials are sunscreen (lotion and spray), towels, water toys (like buckets) and snacks. Having 2 toddlers has taught me never leave the house without snacks!

One of the best resources I’ve found since moving to Texas is Free Fun in Austin where I found out about some of these splash pads.

Linking up today with Kiana, Madeline and these lovely bloggers for Mommy Style Monday:

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Erica at Good Job Momma

Bekah at These Are The Days

Beverly at What a Day 

Kristen at Eat Play and Go

Monica at It’s All About

Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars

Red, White and Blue: 4th of July Independence Day Outfit Inspiration

Any day is a great day to celebrate America, I feel extremely blessed to have been born and to live in a diverse country where we enjoy so many freedoms. Having lived and traveled to other countries around the world (including living in a 3rd world country), I hope to never take for granted liberties and prosperity we have in the states.

Our 4th will be spent painting, unpacking and organizing – it’ll be exactly 1 week since we moved to our new home and it’s coming along slowly but surely 😉

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Shirt ($9!) I also love this red tie dye top 

 

Linking up with these awesome bloggers today who are also sharing Independence Day inspired outfits:

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Cait at Cait’s Cozy Corner

Chelsea at Tessa Marie

Kelsi at Lovestrong

Monica at It’s All About

A Day at the Park

A Day at the Park

Usually I take our BOB double jogging and run with my kids to the park BUT it’s currently in storage along with 90% of our stuff until we close on our new home here in Austin.

And let’s be honest, my hair usually never looks this nice but we took these pics after church ha, ha!

What I pack:

-sunscreen

zip  up picnic blanket

-snacks and water bottles (I NEVER go anywhere without snacks for my kids!)

-park toys (buckets, shovels)

What I’m wearing:

-relaxed fit, breathable top because Texas 😉 this one is from Forever 21 but it’s out of stock- I also love loose tees from H&M, Old Navy – I’d love any recommendations forother casual tees that don’t require a second layer!

Zella live in leggings which I highly recommend, they hold and stretch in the right places, quality material, hold color and shape after wearing and washing. They’re perfect for chasing kids around the park.

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Linking up with these awesome bloggers today!

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Monica at It’s All About

Kelsi at Lovestrong

Samantha at The Samantha Show

Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars

Diaper Bag Essentials

My diaper bag has changed a lot from when I had newborns, but here’s what I currently carry for my kids (ages 4 and 2):

WELCOME TOBag from Nena and Co – I’ve also used bags from Petunia Pickle Bottom, Urban Outfitters and Humble Hilo

Snacks – my favorite carriers are the Clinique gift with purchase bags ha, ha!

Wipes, diapers, changing pad (I use the ones that came with the PPB bag)

Hand Sanitizer, advil, extra hair ties for me

As my kids get older, I carry less stuff – less toys, changes of clothes, blankets, bottles, formula, etc. When they were newborns, I love my Petunia Pickle Bottom bag which could be worn on the shoulder or as a backpack which is awesome when you need both hands! They are expensive but you can usually find great sales on their outlet site.

Linking up today with these amazing moms who are also sharing their diaper bag essentials:

Madeline at Casey Land

Kahana at A Beautiful Life

Monica it It’s All About

Chelsea at Tessa Marie

Lauren at The Andrew Life

Adriana at Nanys2pesos